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“I don’t ever see myself calling in and saying that Kobe (Bryant) traveled or things like that, or an offensive lineman held,” he said. “But it’s our sport. And that’s what we’ve done and we’ve accepted. Certain groups are going to get more heat than others just because they’re on TV. It is what it is.”

Woods, who now has gone eight appearances without winning the Masters, said he didn’t stop thinking about it until he resumed practice a week later. He reserved his comments to the shot where all the debate began _ a wedge that turned out to be too good. Woods was tied for the lead on the 15th hole in the opening round, and if the ball did not hit the flag, he likely would have had no more than about 5 feet for birdie.

“Unfortunately, I hit a good shot and got a bad break,” Woods said. “But I still had an opportunity over the next 36 holes to get it back … and I just didn’t do it.”

Woods doesn’t have much of an answer when it comes to the TPC Sawgrass.

He has failed to crack the top 20 eight times, the most of any tournament he has played. He is the No. 1 player in the year, and looks like it. In his last three events, he has won twice and tied for fourth. How that translates to the TPC Sawgrass is unpredictable.

“Some of the years, I’ve driven it well and not hit my irons well, and other years I’ve hit the ball great and not putted well,” Woods said. “And other years I’ve drove it awful and didn’t score well. You’ve got to have all the facets of your game going here.”